Wasn't the weather lovely yesterday? At least it was in Worcester. Katie celebrated by going completely over the top and wearing a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops all day.
The little lane about 100 yards from our house has been the focus of some twitching activity over the last few days. A yellow-browed warbler has been spotted. It's been there for a while apparently, and as I walk down that lane every day I feel sure I must have seen it without knowing what it was.
The twitchers are very happy to chat about the rare visitor. They come from Siberia -warbler not twitchers, the twitchers seem to be mostly from Birmingham- and sometimes overwinter here.
The twitchers have been hanging around for three days now and I'm wondering whether to start offering tea and cakes.
I made a steak pie for supper on Saturday. The filling was just a simple beef stew and the pastry was this recipe. It's my favourite pastry, so easy and so deliciously rich and buttery. I was glad to find I'd made too much. There wasn't enough to make another pie, and there was some drying grated cheese in the fridge so I made these easy peasy cheese twists.
I rolled the pastry out, brushed it with a beaten egg, sprinkled grated cheese on top, cut it into strips about 3cm wide and twisted them by holding both ends and, well, twisting.
I placed them on a baking sheet and baked in a hot oven for 15 minutes. They made a very well-received after school snack.
For the men I made mash to go with their pie, but I overestimated their appetite so there was a bowl of leftover mash to use up.
Fishcakes are a good way to use up mash.
This is a beautiful Craster kipper which cost me about £1.30. They are easy to prepare, you just put them in a dish and pour boiling water over them and leave for about 15 minutes to heat through, this is called jugging because it used to be done in a tall earthenware jug. You don't really need to do this if you are making them into cakes but the skins are easier to remove if they have been jugged.
I mashed up the kipper flesh with some spring onions, an egg, a squirt of lemon juice and the mash.
I shaped the mixture into cakes, dipped them in beaten egg and then breadcrumbs. Then I fried them on both sides until crisp and golden.
The children are not keen on kippers so they had one of my favourite easy suppers.
Potato wedges which have had pieces of bacon scattered over ten minutes before the end of their cooking time, and some grated cheese added a few minutes later.
You could use bits of chorizo, salami or sausage instead of bacon.
Ketchup must be served with this.